When I first started writing my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series,
I quickly figured out that I needed to re-envision the werewolves that would be
the focus of my story. In the series, the werewolves are all part of the Dallas
SWAT team, using their abilities to protect and serve.
From the name, you can obviously also tell that theyâ€™re all alphasâ€”gotta have
that sexy alpha-male thing going on! I couldnâ€™t work with the traditional
werewolf that only showed up during the full moon, though. That would be a
rather extreme limitation to doing their jobs. I also didnâ€™t want the typical
â€ścursedâ€ť werewolf or the out of control â€śmonsterâ€ť (aka American Werewolf in
London style). These guys had to be hunky, sexy, and--just as
importantly--functional as cops.
Yet, at the same time, I wanted these guys to be rough around the edges with a
hint of danger to them. I also wanted them to be a diverse group, with some
having abilities the others havenâ€™t mastered. Finally, since I was planning the
series to be 16 books (or more!), I knew I had to have more complex mythology
than just a big, bad alpha wolf. I want some of the werewolf characters in
future books to be completely different.
These crazy desires led to the mythology for my SWAT Werewolvesâ€¦
To start with, my werewolves are essentially born, not made (getting bitten or
scratched by another werewolf wonâ€™t turn a person into one). Theyâ€™re born with
what I think of as a recessive gene that lies dormant inside them, only turning
on when the person (man or woman) reaches a certain age, essentially when they
become an adult.
By itself, the gene isnâ€™t enough to make that person a werewolf, though. Once
the gene flips on, the person has to go through an adrenaline-pumping,
life-or-death situation. Something about the physiology of almost dying allows
the gene to do its work, and that person becomes a werewolf. If that isnâ€™t hard
enough, the gene only stays active for a certain period of time. If the latent
werewolf doesnâ€™t goes through that dramatic event during that open window, which
could be a few months or a few years, he or she never changes.
Those few people who go on to become werewolves pick up several basic
characteristicsâ€”the typical werewolf claws and fangs; exceptional vision and
sense of smell; strength, speed, and aggressive tendencies running the gamut
from a little to a lot. For some, thatâ€™s as far as theyâ€™ll ever get. Theyâ€™re
human with some werewolf capabilities. But for others, based on their
personalities and acceptance of the beast inside, theyâ€™re able to shift fully
into their true wolf shape. I really loved the idea of being able to write about
werewolves in all their possible forms. I think it keeps the stories fresh.
Beyond the form that my werewolves can take, I also sprinkle in another nuance
of werewolf hierarchy. You see, when a human goes through the dramatic change I
described above, not everyone comes out the same. The details of the dramatic
event, as well as pre-existing personality traits, have a lot of say in what the
werewolf will end up like.
If the event was more heroic, thereâ€™s a greater chance of the werewolf coming
out as an alpha, meaning big, strong, fast, and aggressive, with incredible
healing abilities. Alphas can be headstrong and hard to deal with sometimes
because they donâ€™t like people telling them what to do. But they also make the
best SWAT officers because theyâ€™re fearless, courageous, and loyal to the pack,
not to mention damn hard to kill.
There are betas out there, too. Theyâ€™re strong and fierce, but not to the same
degree as an alpha. They also work well in the pack environment, and actually
form tighter pack bonds than alphas since they need each other so much more.
Of course, there are omegas as well. Theyâ€™re nearly as strong and aggressive as
alphas, but they can be a little crazy. Theyâ€™re nearly impossible to control and
are more likely to get themselves and others killed than anything else. When
they go into a rage (which tends to happen a lot for them) even an alpha needs
to watch out. An omega will literally kill himself (or herself) trying to get
the person theyâ€™re after. As you can imagine, omegas arenâ€™t real big on pack
bonds. They have a habit of looking out only for themselves. They may move in
and out of pack circles, drawn to the companionship of the pack, but it rarely
works out for long.
And just when you think you have all the rules down, and really understand the
Paige Tyler werewolf world, thereâ€™s one more little tidbit of information for
you. A werewolf isnâ€™t necessarily locked into one hierarchical category or
another. There are rumors out there that any werewolf can go a little omega if
they donâ€™t socialize with other werewolves early enough in their development, or
if something really bad happens to them. And betas? Theyâ€™re not stuck in their
roles, either. There are folk tales of betas turning alpha when their packs are
threatened. I canâ€™t really say if itâ€™s true or not because I havenâ€™t seen it
yet. But if this series has taught me one thing, itâ€™s that pretty much anything
Oh yeah, one last little thing you need to know to really understand where these
stories are going to take you is that each werewolf out there (alpha, beta, or
omega) only has one shot at love and meeting The One, truly that one in a
billion person he or she is meant to be with. When a werewolf meets The
One for them, no other rules apply, and nothing will stop them from being
together. Not common sense, not the law, not even the pack. Itâ€™s a force that no
one can resist for long, stronger even than the werewolves themselves.
Have fun reading the SWAT Series!
About HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
INTRODUCING SWAT: SPECIAL WOLF ALPHA TEAM
Theyâ€™re on target
Theyâ€™re as alpha as men can get
The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secretâ€¦theyâ€™re a pack of wolf shifters.
The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretiveâ€”and also the darlings of
Dallas. This doesnâ€™t sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone.
They must be hiding somethingâ€¦and sheâ€™s determined to find out what.
Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon.
Sheâ€™s smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But
sheâ€™s getting dangerously close to the truthâ€”and perilously close to his heart...
Fresh Fiction reviewer Monique Daoust hails HUNGRY LIKE THE
WOLF as an "Exciting, action-packed debut to a promising new paranormal
series." Read our full review here, and
buy your copy of the book today!
About Paige Tyler
Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic
fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines
who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com. She and her very
own military hero (aka her husband) live on the Florida coast with their
2 comments posted.
Great insight into your new series, I'm already hooked. I cant wait to start reading it :)
(Robin Tindle 12:33pm January 10, 2015)